Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Banana Chocolate Chip Rice Pudding in a Slow Cooker

Wow.  This one is a real winner.  Necessity is the mother of invention, and with my oven not working, I was in search of a dessert I could do in my slow cooker.  I had a lot of leftover rice in the fridge, so I decided to put a twist on one of my kids' favorite desserts, rice pudding, which I usually cook in a casserole dish in the oven.  They also love Banana Chocolate Chip cake, so I thought I would use that winning combination of bananas and chocolate chips together with rice pudding, do it in the slow cooker, and see how it turned out.  It's fantastic!  Try it, you'll love it!  And it is OH-SO-EASY!

Serves 4

2 bananas
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups milk
2 TBS butter, plus additional to butter inside of slow cooker
¼ cup honey
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Butter the inside of the slow cooker.  Mash the bananas and mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker.  Cook on high for 3 hours.

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